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The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate, James Rosen, 640 pages. It was interesting looking at who benefited in the multiple layers of the Watergate informant program. If you are looking to love Nixon more this is probably not the book for you.


Another book down

President Kennedy: Profile of Power, Richard Reeves, 800 pages.

This was an interesting read mostly because Reeves is not merely a Kennedy fan boy. The topic seemed to be dealt with in an even handed manner.


I just want to say

Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we will.

One more thing before bed.


Now THAT is funny

I never thought I would say it but today I learned to like Paris Hilton. Recently John McCain put out an ad associating Barack Obama with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Today Paris fired back with a video response that is seriously funny. Best quote = "See you at the debates, bitches."

I am really glad I don't have to sit through that staff meeting.


Finished book

This is Burning Man, 320 pages, Brian Doherty

I enjoyed the book but found it vaguely depressing as it made me think of the many burners who talk about what Burning Man was like back in the day. If you are started attending the burn after 2002 it is a pretty interesting read. If you have no love for Burning Man you probably would not enjoy this book.

SOAK meeting

There is a SOAK planning meeting this evening (Rontom's @ 7). The SOAK meetings are usually a good time and stuff generally gets done that needs to be done. If you want to go but are feeling shy about it just show up eh?

Not my typical read

It was suggested to me sometime in 2007 that there is a division in the books people choose to read that has everything to do with their political proclivities. At the time I thought that was probably the most obvious statement I had ever heard. It was followed up with the challenge that almost anyone would embrace being a Republican if they read Ayn Rand and actually understood it. I am not one to back down from a gauntlet like that being thrown.

I just finished all 720 pages of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. It is a very strange book when you consider when it was written. The book did not weird me out near as much as the random propaganda postcard in the middle of it advertising The Ayn Rand Institute.

For the record, I did understand the book and did not wake up feeling even slightly more conservative.



I recently finished The Autobiography of Malcolm X : As Told to Alex Haley (528 pages). It was interesting reading it right after a book about Johnson's presidency. It was also bizarre to watch my own knee jerk response to some of the speeches that were given. People talk about that time in our history from a single point of view which is normal. It just makes it difficult to actually grok what was going on outside of what is in the history books.


Books, books, books

I finished Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin (448 pages)last night. I enjoyed the read and thought that the discussion about what might have motivated Johnson in his decisions was interesting. I have kind of been on a historical reading kick lately and am surprised that I am enjoying it as much as I am.